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You Must Bring a Hat

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  459 ratings  ·  68 reviews
The only rule for attending this party is . . . you MUST bring a hat. But what if you don’t own a hat? Will bringing a monkey wearing a hat be enough? Find out in this tale that builds to a gloriously surreal and hilarious ending.
ebook, 32 pages
Published June 30th 2016 by Simon Schuster Children's UK (first published 2016)
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La Coccinelle
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
When a boy is invited to a party, he needs a hat to gain admission. Unfortunately, the only one he can find is sitting squarely on the head of a monkey... who refuses to give it up. So the boy decides to bring the monkey to the party with him (after all, the invitation didn't say the hat couldn't be on a monkey's head), setting in motion a wacky series of ever-more ridiculous rules. Apparently, badgers named Geoff aren't allowed in unless they prove they can play the piano...

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First sentence: I received an invitation to a party.

Premise/plot: A young boy is invited to a friend's party, but, the invitation is emphatic: anyone attending the party MUST bring a hat. The young boy is eager to go, but doesn't own a hat already. He can't quite track down a hat, but he does manage to find a hat-wearing monkey that is willing to attend the party with him. But will that be good enough?

My thoughts: You Must Bring a Hat is a silly book without a doubt. With each turn of the page,
The pictures are so cute. I love when the story gets sillier and sillier.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was quite funny, and think children would be highly engaged by the silly events that happen in it. A boy gets invited to a party, but the invitation specifically states that he must have a hat in order to attend. When he cannot find one anywhere, he is resigned to bringing a hat-wearing monkey along with him. Unfortunately, when he gets to the doorman, there are many more requirements that must be followed. The monkey must have a monocle, so they borrow one from a badger name ...more
Ingrid Sawubona
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you want to attend Nigel's party, you must bring a hat!

But finding one is more complicated than it sounds because all the hats in town have been sold out. So what does our little protagonist do about this? He improvises!

But the more he improvises, the more absurd the situation becomes! It is not until this crazy situation finally gets an unexpected ending, that his unusual dilemma is finally solved.

This story is lighthearted, ridiculously funny and truly over-the-top, but I loved it! Together
Amy Layton
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
If your kids love silly books such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, then they'll definitely enjoy this one.  Full of conditions, loopholes, and zany characters, this book will have your kids or students rolling in laughter!  

The illustrations are delightful and lighthearted, filled with swaths of patterns and characters and animals of all different sorts.  

This is definitely a book I'm going to be buying for my nephew.  

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Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, owned
Ridiculously funny. Loved the over-the-top party entry rules which become more and more absurd. Did not see the ending coming at all, and it was pure delight. I had to go back to notice the visual cues that should have prompted my suspicion. In hindsight, I don’t know how I didn’t notice, but that makes it even funnier!

Kate Hindley’s illustrations are gorgeously detailed! I love the colourful world she’s created, filled with characters bursting with personality and charm.
This is a great book for print awareness and having students notice things in the picture. It is an accumulative tale about a boy who is invited to a party but on the invitation it states he MUST come with a hat and he can bring whomever he would like. He finds a monkey with a hat and as he is standing at the house of the party he is repeatedly told something else he needs to enter. In the end he finds out he was at the wrong door. :) Kids will love it!
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don’t forget to grab a hat before reading this hilarious book! You Must Bring a Hat invites a little boy and the reader to attend a hat party but you have to have a hat to come in! The problem is there aren’t any hats left in town so what’s a boy to do? He improvises by first finding a monkey with a hat. As the story unfolds a variety of characters are revealed. The best part is the silly and surprising ending. The bright and cheerful illustrations bring the story to life!
Sue Read
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I loved books like this when I was teaching young children because you could have such fun with them! It's about a little boy invited to his friend Nigel's party, but in fulfilling the requirements of the invitation the story becomes more and more outrageous! When I read it I think of writing invitations, collecting and wearing hats, writing silly rules and having a party! Great illustrations, especially the eyes!
A very silly book, in the best of ways! (view spoiler)
Minus half a star, though, for a penguin that I couldn't tell was a penguin until the text informed me that it was, in fact, a penguin. Hmmph!

Other than that, though, a perfectly wonderful story!
Vannessa Anderson
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth-children
A little boy received an invitation to a party where it was essential he brought a hat. He didn’t own a hat so he had to look high and low for one. Oh! The invitation encouraged he brought lots of guests.

You Must Bring A Hat was a fun and adventurous read. The illustrations were colorful and fun.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-book
A boy receives an invitation to go to a party where he must bring a hat. His journey begins, but then becomes really weird as he can't find a single hat for sale in the city. Suddenly, he spots a monkey with a hat...

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Lynn  Davidson
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this funny story, a boy receives an invitation to a party. There are two rules - bring a hat, don't be late. Since he doesn't own a hat and can't find any to buy, he finds a monkey wearing a hat. The monkey insists on going to the party, too, but then the boy is faced with more and more rules! It gets more and more complicated for the boy. Great illustrations. Funny ending to this story.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great book. It would be lovely for a storytime, not very wordy or dry, the reader could be very animated with this book. The pictures are so much fun and it is all so unreal. The craft could be entertaining as well, so many different things to think of.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Bright and entertaining illustrations will carry young readers through a journey of angst as a young boy tries to dress appropriately for a friend's birthday party. Fans of "If you give a mouse..." series will enjoy.
A little boy is invited to a party and he MUST wear a hat! It doesn't matter what kind of hat, it just that he HAS to wear one. When he gets to the party, there are a bunch of other rules that lead to all kinds of silly events. Neat story with great illustrations.
Ashley Salisbury
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Full of very funny and interesting characters and requirements for parties, but I found the humor falling short by the lack of a great ending. We don't even find out why the hat is so important to the party for instance...
Miss Pippi the Librarian
The ridiculousness of the story builds with each turn of the page. In the end, it's a matter of a mistaken address. The story did not capture my attention. The illustrations are adorable. I love the endpapers that feature little birds wearing top hats.

Reviewed from a library copy.
Cara Byrne
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This silly picture book was fun to read with my preschooler. She quickly accepted the rules that the poor protagonist had to abide by to attend "the biggest, bestest, hattiest party of all time," and we enjoyed all of the animals that came along.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I thought this book was laugh-out-loud funny. It's a quirky Brittish sort of humor. My favorite part is the bunnies in who run around in their panties after giving their tutus to the elephant. It's just too much!
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
It was a cute story about a boy who needs to bring a hat so he can attend a party however in the end of jumping though all the bells and whistles realizes that he had the wrong address. But still had a fun time even though he was a little late.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, 2017
There's a party .... and just one rule - you must bring a hat .... but then there is one complication after another.
A funny book with a twist at the end .... as he's at the wrong house!
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Invited to a party where a hat is mandatory, a young boy finds increasingly ridiculous requirements beyond the hat each time he tries to enter.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Super fun and funny! Maybe a nice group read for early elementary.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Eh, this is silliness to an incredibly high degree -- way to the raise the bar!
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, humor
Clever and ridiculous. Recommended for ages 4-6.
Angie Quantrell
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Funny with a surprise ending! Kids will laugh!
A boy is invited to a hat party, but silliness ensues when he tries to bring a monkey along.
Syntha Green
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This absurd story would fare well in a storytime geared for older kids than my 2 year-olds.
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